Coast Guard Deepwater Acquisition Programs: Background, Oversight Issues, and Options for Congress [Updated June 5, 2008] [open pdf - 223KB]
This CRS report provides an updated overview of the U.S. Coast Guard's Deepwater Acquisition Programs. First of all, the report discusses background information about the Deepwater programs and how they came about. Secondly, the report addresses potential oversight issues for the current Congress in 2008, which "include but are not necessarily limited to the Coast Guard's overall management of Deepwater acquisition, the status of certain Deepwater acquisition programs, and the so-called revolving door issue." Finally, the report wraps up by looking at current legislative activity taking place in regards to Deepwater acquisition. "The term Deepwater refers to a collection of more than a dozen Coast Guard acquisition programs for replacing and modernizing the service's aging fleet of deepwater-capable ships and aircraft. Until April 2007, the Coast Guard had pursued these programs as a single, integrated acquisition program that was known as the Integrated Deepwater System [IDS] program or the Deepwater program for short. The now-separated Deepwater acquisition programs include plans for, among other things, 91 new cutters, 124 new small boats, and 247 new or modernized airplanes, helicopters, and unmanned aerial vehicles [UAVs]. The Coast Guard has requested a total of $990.4 million in acquisition funding for FY2009 for Deepwater programs. [...] This report will be updated as events warrant."
CRS Report for Congress, RL33753